This is the first in a series of articles on Parenting Considerations during divorce. Over the next few weeks, we will highlight parenting considerations from birth through 18 years of age.
Parenting is the source from which a child’s sense of self derives. A parent’s own life experiences profoundly effects their influences on their children, particularly during a divorce.
The following has been adapted from The Judge’s Guide, published by the American Bar Association
Parenting an infant can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Often sleep deprived, parents must still respond to the infant’s demands in a consistently loving way, while also attending to the outside pressures of work, household, and other family responsibilities.
The stress associated with divorce can make this time even more chaotic and unsettling. Without adequate support, parents may find themselves in a vicious cycle: the infant may respond to the stress with more frequent, unpredictable demands, while the parents may be too depleted to respond to these demands in a predictable, patient way. If there are transitions involved, however, it is critical that co-parenting skills and communication skills are developed and enhanced….